Guardian Pest & Wildlife Control is service pest control professional, extending services to the commercial and residential customers of Birmingham, Alabama and surrounding areas. Being fully licensed and insured, we hire certified experts that have the training and experience to combat the ticks in the area. With our tick control services, Guardian Pest & Wildlife Control is using premium products in tandem with advanced equipment. To knock out a tick infestation or help minimize their intrusion, Guardian Pest & Wildlife Control has the expertise to assist you.
Types of Ticks Found in Alabama
Once, ticks were nothing more than a nuisance, but in recent decades, ticks have been known to carry diseases that can have devastating effects. Belonging to the arachnid family, ticks spread nearly as much disease as mosquitoes do. Throughout Alabama, there are three common species of ticks that include Black Legged Ticks or Deer, American Dog, and Lone Star ticks. Tick bites can cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, rickettsiosis, Southern tick-associated rash illness, and tularemia.
American Dog Ticks
Being brown with whitish, gray markings, these oval flattened shaped dog ticks develop to 8 legs into adult stage, where they start with 6 legs. American Dog Ticks usually average 3/16 of an inch in length.
Black Legged or Deer Ticks
Being smaller than females, males are only about 1/16 of an inch whereas the female black legged ticks are roughly 1/8 of an inch long. Both sexes are flat and oval. The orangish brown colored ones are females and the reddish brown are males, however, the females also have this coloration right after feeding and they are engorged.
Lone Star Ticks
These ticks also start life with six legs as larvae but will develop 8 legs by adulthood. Though females bear a white star on their back, both females are reddish brown and looking a slate gray when engorged. Females average about ¼ inch long and ½ inch when engorged, the males ae considerably smaller.